On Wed, 29 Dec 2004 07:16:26 -0800, Frank Johnson
> My first question has to do with resources. I'm looking for books,
> online courses, websites, etc. which will help me in my journey....
> My second question has to do with using an unordered list to create a
> navigation menu. ...
There is a WIKI which accompanies this list. It is a treasure trove
of answers and pointers to resources. You'll find specific
techniques, as well as pointers to tutorials and lists of books. It
will easily answer your first question. 
For lists as navigation, you can do no better than study the code
produced from Listamatic. 
List wiki/FAQ -- http://css-discuss.incutio.com/
Supported by evolt.org -- http://www.evolt.org/help_support_evolt/